Removing and trapping the rodents in your attic is only half the job. The other half is to prevent any more rodents from re-entering. The manner in which we perform this service is called “Exclusion Work” or “Rodent Proofing”.
As most people may know, leaving an attic with a foul smell is not only unpleasant, but it is also a danger to one’s health. It also attracts other animals to your attic as well. This is why cleaning and decontamination of the attic after an infestation is eliminated is critical in preventing future infestations and protecting the health and well being of your family.
If you attempt to clean the attic yourself, it is strongly recommended to have proper equipment.
As part of our Attic decontamination process we first remove all affected insulation, vacuum and remove all droppings, clean and disinfect the entire attic, and replace the insulation using the “T.A.P “ method. Remember trapping is only the first part of Rodent control. If feces is not cleaned then more rodents may come and you may even have to deal with a stronger smell of a dead animal in your attic.
Steps taken before and during Attic Decontamination:
Inspection – Before an attic decontamination can take place we must first inspect the structure. We analyze all entry points and estimate the manpower needed to completely decontaminate the infested structure.
Trapping/Removal – Once inspected, We must remove the pest from the premises. If it is a rat or mouse infestation, we must place snap traps or humane traps in order to trap the pests. If it is a raccoon, opossum, or any large animals, we only use humane traps
Proofing – We MUST proof if you want to avoid another infestation. Proofing is critical because any missed spot will be the entry point of any number of different pests. Inspection spots potential and all entry points to be proofed.
Decontamination – Can be a lengthy process depending on the wildlife infestation. We use Hepa filtered vacuums to further limit harmful airborne contaminants. The Attic Decontamination process is a three step process.
-Spraying contaminated areas. In order to avoid airborne contaminates, contaminated areas must be sprayed before removal.
It is essential to spray areas contaminated with feces, urine, body oils, grease, insects, parasites, pathogens, etc.
Once the area has been cleared of contaminants we spray the area with pesticides, deodorizers, and disinfectant.
-Removal of feces and contaminated materials. We begin removing once the feces and contaminants have been sprayed. We must always wear respirators with hepa filters and protective clothing when handling bio hazardous waste.
-Reinstalling insulation we install new insulation after removal of contaminated insulation and contaminants.
Air ducts get damaged from a number of factors such as age, poor design, and rodent damage.
Damaged duct work or air duct leaks affect the indoor environment in two main ways:
Cold air is lost before it effectively cools the indoor space. This makes your HVAC system work harder, using more energy and driving your utility bills up.